Navy man’s career spanned four wars

May 28, 2010 George Mack Brickell, an Evening Shade native, is among the sailors in the photo above and on page 9, but his son, also named George Mack Brickell, of Batesville, so far has been unable to pick out his father.The elder Brickell’s military service story is remarkable because due to a paperwork error, he remained listed on active duty in World War I on through World War II, the Korean War and into the Vietnam War.

Former Ark. mayor says attorney is scared of feds

May 28, 2010 TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — Former Garland City Mayor Yvonne Dockery told a federal judge Thursday that her court-appointed attorney may not adequately defend her because he fears the federal government.Dockery appeared before U.S. District Judge Harry Barnes for a status hearing in a criminal mail fraud case accusing her of mishandling city funds for her own profit.“I don’t think it’s that he don’t want to help me,” Dockery said of Texarkana defense attorney Jeff Harrelson. “But I think he is afraid of the system because he’s afraid of the federal government.”

The Weekend Events — What’s going on this weekend in the Independence Co. area:

May 28, 2010 Friday• The 61st annual Fulton County Homecoming Festival at Salem will get under way with a fish fry at the Salem Senior Citizens Center and a barbecue dinner on the court square from 7 to 10 p.m.; 4-H Apple Pie Baking Contest and Auction at 7:30 on the south side of the court square followed by a street dance at 8.

188th airmen return

May 28, 2010 FORT SMITH — The long, tiresome wait was finally over. Approximately 50 Airmen from the Arkansas Air National Guard’s 188th Fighter Wing returned Tuesday from an Aerospace Expeditionary Force deployment to Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan.The group touched down at Fort Smith Regional Airport at 4:02 p.m. in a Boeing C-17 Globemaster III from Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.The AEF mission was the 188th’s first combat deployment as a unit with A-10 Thunderbolt II “Warthogs” since it officially began a transition to A-10s from F-16C Falcons on April 14, 2007.

Bach festival set for July

May 28, 2010 The Lyon College music faculty, in cooperation with the North Central Arkansas Educational Service Center and the Batesville Choral Society, will present the first ever Batesville Bach Festival July 14-16, with  a performance of Bach Cantata No. 61, “Nun Komm der Heiden Heiland,” on Friday, July 16, at 7:30 p.m. in Brown Chapel at Lyon College.The workshop is designed for music teachers and students.

Foxy Ladies

May 28, 2010 The Foxy Ladies of White River Red Hat Society hosted its annual Spring Fling May 18 at Batesville Country Club.As members entered the foyer dressed in their festive island attire, they were met by Danny Dozier with his ukulele amidst colorful island decor.Norene Trentini, queen mother, welcomed the members and guests with an aloha in keeping with the event’s theme of “A Getaway to the Islands.”A few moments were set aside to recognize the death of Red Hat member Shirley Cobb. Trentini read a poem and a moment of individual silent prayer was held.

McAllister honored with award

May 28, 2010 The Arkansas Historical Association named Tracy Creighton McAllister the 2010 recipient of the James H. Atkinson Award for Excellence in the teaching of Arkansas history in its annual meeting held in April in Jonesboro.The Arkansas Association of Instructional Media recognized McAllister as the 2010 Library Media Specialist of the Year at its recent meeting.

Desha school reunion is Saturday

May 28, 2010 DESHA — Desha School reunion will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Desha Veterans of Foreign Wars.A potluck will be served at noon.The reunion is open to all former students and teachers of Desha School.

Busy day in Lawrence Co.

May 28, 2010 WALNUT RIDGE — Thursday was a heck of a day for the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department, Capt. Jody Dotson said.“We had a really busy day here,” he said, with officers making six arrests for a variety of offenses ranging from drug-related offenses to sexual indecency with a child.The action started abut 1:30 p.m. when Kay Huddleston, 46, of Pocahontas was arrested for fraud to obtain a controlled substance.

UACCB Kids’ College 2010 set to blast off

May 28, 2010 The University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville is ready to launch another summer of fun and learning with the 2010 Kids’ College program. This year’s activities will be held during the month of July. Incoming first through third grades will be held July 12-16, 2010 with the incoming fourth through sixth grades the following week, July 19-23, 2010.